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Funny, Peculiar: The True Story of Benny Hill Paperback – 4 Apr 2003


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (4 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330393405
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330393409
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a fascinating, first-rate biography of one of the twentieth century's most beloved comedy figures; a man who is now largely overlooked in his home country despite having been its most successful comic export outside of Charlie Chaplin. Benny Hill was a complex man who led a simple (if somewhat peculiar) life, and this book provides tremendous insight into not only his personal foibles and professional endeavors, but also the motivations and reasons for his intriguing private behavior and public rise and fall. Drawing on extensive research and fresh interviews with many of the key figures in Benny's life, Mark Lewisohn's writing combines warmth, empathy and humor with analysis, objectivity and attention to detail -- the comic inventiveness and outright stealing of other artists' ideas; the abnormally excessive frugality; the sexual indulgences and hopelessly failed relationships... whether you want to know about the man's career, his love life or the fact that he just loved a quick game of Kalooki, it's all here. Buy this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Freddie Valentine on 30 April 2005
Format: Paperback
Every book I have read by Mark Lewisohn is well written and researched and this one is no exception.
He writes with affection about the life and career of Benny Hill and does not reduce the book to tabloid levels of scandal and scurrillous gossip but portrays a vivid and well researched picture of Benny's life. A life that strived for comedy perfection.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By shansu69 on 29 Oct 2002
Format: Hardcover
This absorbing biography of Benny Hill the most successful TV comedian the world has ever known is a well written engrossing book which starts with a small history of his family before a well researched beginning of his life before he was famous,Hill was a clown ever since he was a boy and with showbusiness in his families blood it was obvious that he would go into the 'business'.
Unfortunately Benny suffered from bad nerves when 'live' on stage but a salvation was at hand TV from the early 1950's Hill was one of televisions biggest stars a position he would hold for nearly 35 years until his shock sacking by Thames Tv in 1989.This book reveals a lonely man who didnt mind being on his own he lived for his TV shows and it was no surprise that he died just 3 years after they ended refusing potentially life saving heart surgery.All in all a good well written book which gives the reader a real insight into Hills life especially as this isnt the first biography to be published by any means.
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This meticulously researched book is a great read, marred only by some sloppy writing at times, and a bit too heavy -- for my liking -- on the author's own opinions. The author doesn't seem to like Benny very much. I found myself going off to Youtube to see some of Benny's TV and film work talked about, and it's surprising the obscure stuff that's out there. It came as a surprise to me how much of Benny's material was recycled, and how much was simply nicked rom other people. I definitely recommend this book to Benny fans, and as you might expect from Mark Lewisohn, there are very complete listings of Benny's TV, Radio and film appearances.
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